- to injure severely, disfigure, or mutilate by cutting, slashing, or crushing: The coat sleeve was mangled in the gears of the machine.
- to spoil; ruin; mar badly: to mangle a text by careless typesetting.
Origin of mangle1
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- a machine for smoothing or pressing clothes, household linen, etc., by means of heated rollers.
- to smooth or press with a mangle.
- Metalworking. to squeeze (metal plates) between rollers.
Origin of mangle2
Examples from the Web for mangle
They had her give the weather update, and even let her mangle the word “amok.”The 6 Craziest Carrie Prejean Moments
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November 12, 2009
We do not speak of such expressions as, Has your mother sold her mangle?The Comic Latin Grammar
Must they mangle the corpse when they have extinguished life?Nuts and Nutcrackers
Charles James Lever
Hannah might expend her energy in flat-ironing, and Josiah could turn the mangle.Novel Notes
Jerome K. Jerome
How should I fret to mangle every line, In reverence to the sins of thirty-nine!Essay on Man
Gretchen stepped lightly over her mangle and dropped a curtsey.Terribly Intimate Portraits
- to mutilate, disfigure, or destroy by cutting, crushing, or tearing
- to ruin, spoil, or mar
- Also called: wringer a machine for pressing or drying wet textiles, clothes, etc, consisting of two heavy rollers between which the cloth is passed
- to press or dry in a mangle
Word Origin and History for mangle
"to mutilate," c.1400, from Anglo-French mangler, frequentative of Old French mangoner "cut to pieces," of uncertain origin, perhaps connected with Old French mahaignier "to maim, mutilate, wound" (see maim). Meaning "to mispronounce (words), garble" is from 1530s. Related: Mangled; mangling.
clothes-pressing machine, 1774, from Dutch mangel, apparently short for mangelstok, from stem of mangelen to mangle, from Middle Dutch mange, ultimately from root of mangonel.